Thirty years of Dr. T draws to a close

Posted on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 4:11 pm

by Andrew Mahon Among the mementoes of a 30-year tenure as the director of McGill’s Student Health Service, Dr. Pierre-Paul Tellier counts a signed photo of George Clooney, the Shagalicious Shop, and three decades of devotion to McGill students as clients, patients and colleagues. “It’s been extremely rewarding working as a physician in student health,” [...]

A church leader for the 21st century

Posted on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 5:54 pm

Mary Irwin-Gibson, BTh’79, is the first female bishop in the 165-year history of the Anglican Diocese of Montreal. With her MBA training, she’s prepared to tackle the challenges facing her church.

The woman behind the world’s best whisky

Posted on Friday, January 15, 2016 at 2:43 pm

Joanna Zanin Scandella, BSc(Agr)’82, is the blender responsible for Crown Royal’s Northern Harvest Rye, which was named world whisky of the year in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2016.

Cowboy science and the origins of the universe

Posted on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 1:15 pm

by James Martin, MLIS’05 In the beginning, maybe, was the beginning. A little less than 14 billion years ago, the theory goes, a very high density something started to rapidly expand. Things were bright, and hot, for a short time. Things got dark, and cold, for much longer. Atoms formed. Galaxies. Planets. Us. In the [...]

Ready to tackle the cosmos

Posted on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 12:00 pm

by Andrew Mahon Every afternoon at three, researchers at the McGill Space Institute (MSI) gather for tea in the lounge at their new centre in the heart of the University’s downtown campus. It’s a simple social ritual designed to nurture a collaborative culture but, in this case, the discussion might not be about Oolong versus [...]

A fighter for First Nations

Posted on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 11:28 am

James O’Reilly, BCL’63, was recently honoured by both the Bar of Montreal and the Cree Nation Government for the pioneering role he has played in aboriginal law.

The story behind the billion-dollar cancer marker

Posted on Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 2:27 pm

Fifty years ago, McGill researchers Phil Gold and Samuel Freedman discovered CEA, a protein that continues to be the most commonly used marker for cancer tumours.

Building a new generation of STEM leaders

Posted on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 1:21 pm

McGill Schulich Leaders Julie Wong and Alexander Deans (Photo: Owen Egan) by Andrew Mahon When the Schulich Leader Scholarships were launched four years ago, they were hailed as the second largest scholarship endowment ($100 million) in Canadian history and dubbed “Canada’s Rhodes Scholarships.” Today, with a growing cohort of 170 Schulich Leaders across the country [...]

Shutting down salmonella

Posted on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 2:52 pm

Food scientist Lawrence Goodridge is leading an ambitious research effort aimed at dramatically reducing the impact of salmonella, a bacteria that costs the Canadian economy $1 billion.

The Age of Clinton: Bill, Hillary and the nineties

Posted on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 8:06 pm

In his latest book, history professor Gil Troy examines how Bill Clinton’s presidency helped shape the nineties and how the trends of that decade affected Clinton and his wife Hillary.